Taylor Nicole

I remember driving over the Gold Star bridge as a child (the summer before the fifth grade), on the way to an art fair with my mom, and seeing him. He appeared to be standing on the opposite side of the fence of the bridge, and if I remember correctly he was wearing shorts. My [...]

By |2017-02-22T09:50:19-08:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|1 Comment


I have never been the one to bring blind optimism into any situation. I mean, I’ve always believed in hope, and having faith, but never that everything will work out exactly how I want. Frankly, the world doesn’t work that way, and I knew this even as a young child. My parents used to tell [...]

By |2017-01-09T11:37:23-08:00January 9th, 2017|Categories: Self Harm, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: The ‘Ready to Die But Still Alive’ Suicide Club (and the Life That Follows)

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay reminded him that it's only the choice of the individual that truly matters. “I know, too, that death is the only god who comes when you call.” (Roger Zelazny, Frost & Fire) Since a young age I’ve thought about death, dying, or suicide almost every day—through adolescence when I had my depressive and “serious [...]

By |2016-09-26T09:50:27-07:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Jenna

Talking about mental illness is weird. Everyone has these ideas of what depression looks like, what anxiety looks like, what schizophrenia looks like... But really they wouldn't be able to tell someone with these illnesses if they knocked on their front door. Imagine your house is on fire. It's been burning for a long time, [...]

By |2016-08-17T12:14:04-07:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: LGBTQ, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: On Suicide

Kevin Hall's ruminations on his own suicidal thoughts. Yesterday—in front of my two younger children—I nearly choked to death on my grilled chicken dinner. What should have simply released a heavy sigh of relief in my wife’s ear at bedtime contorted into a sleepless night of revisiting another recent near miss: Last month I wanted [...]

By |2016-08-01T12:19:09-07:00August 1st, 2016|Categories: Suicide|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Dr. Margaret Rutherford

One Man. Talking About His Life With Depression. "I'm ready to tell my story. It's time." That's what I heard from Stuart Walker, owner of Clubhaus Fitness, a tall, muscular guy with a boisterous laugh and incredibly busy schedule. He knew I was researching Perfectly Hidden Depression. He had listened to me talk about how [...]

By |2016-07-12T08:25:49-07:00July 12th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Mesa Fama

I received a meme once from a friend that said “Someone’s therapist knows all about you” and it dawned on me how scarily accurate that probably was. I’ve left quite the wake in my 37 years of life and not all of it has been sunshine and roses. The majority of my life, save the [...]

By |2016-06-04T04:36:47-07:00June 4th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|Tags: , |0 Comments